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James Akinjo wins second gold jersey with Arizona basketball

Mike Mattina/Arizona Athletics

James Akinjo continues to show how much of an impact he’s had with the Arizona Wildcats since transferring from Georgetown, both in games and in practice.

In Arizona’s season-opening win over Grambling last Friday the redshirt sophomore point guard had 19 points, and then he backed up that performance with another strong week of practice, earning his second gold jersey for his efforts.

Akinjo is now tied with Jordan Brown for the most gold jerseys. Both have won two. Center Christian Koloko and Terrell Brown each have one.

The 6-foot-1 Akinjo was 6 of 14 from the field against Grambling but made 4 of 9 3-pointers. He called his performance “subpar” despite having only three turnovers in a game-high 38 minutes.

“James has an inner confidence that our team needs,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said afterward.

Akinjo’s effort in practice has come during a period in which more workouts had to be added to make up for postponed or canceled games. Arizona was supposed to play UTEP last Sunday, but instead will host New Mexico State on Dec. 12 to make up for that game, while its Pac-12 opener against Colorado that was supposed to be tonight has been postponed.

The UA’s next scheduled game is Saturday against Northern Colorado, the start of what—for now—is a run of four games in eight days including visits from NAU (Dec. 7), Cal State Bakersfield (Dec. 9) and NMSU (Dec. 12). The NAU game was originally set to be played Nov. 25.